330660_20150311155606_largeby David Carter

Greetings, sales charts fans! It’s time once again to look at DC’s sales figures.

March 2015 was not a good sales month for DC in the North American direct market.

Average sales per title for the DCU books (28,559), Vertigo (7,055), and DC as a whole (23,466) were all the lowest they’ve been since the New 52 started back in September 2011.

Most of their sales problems were due to books that missed shipping in March, including their two top sellers, Batman and Justice League, and two other books that are in their top 30% (or so), Wonder Woman and Superman/Wonder Woman. A similar tune plays at the Vertigo label; with Sandman Overture MIA until May, the perpetually delayed American Vampire Second Cycle also not around, and Fables pretty much over (except for the oversized finale coming in July). That leaves Astro City as the regularly-shipping standard bearer for the imprint.

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Things are exacerbated on the low end of the sales scales, with many low-selling DCU books shipping their final issues in May (including two low-selling issues of Infinity Man and the Forever People), and a whopping five Vertigo titles not making the Top 300 Diamond chart at all.

March 2015 marks the end of an era at DC: the (almost) end of the New 52 as both a label and a concept, along with the physical relocation of editorial from the east coast to the west. The ‘almost’ is because there are actually a good number of New 52 books coming in April, including the missed titles noted above, several Annuals, and the final issues of the three weekly series. I considered writing some sort of post-mortem for the New 52, but Heidi already beat me to it. You can read the numbers below and make up your own minds.

April starts the two month Convergence event/stunt/whatever, and I’m interested to see what happens with the sales numbers there. So tune in again about a month for now, as whatever happens probably won’t be dull!

Warning: The commentary below may contain reasoned analysis, speculation (unfounded and otherwise), opinion, and/or snark. Those looking for a more straightforward analysis are directed to John Jackson Miller’s excellent Comichron analysis, posted earlier over at Comichron!

Please consider the fine print at the end of the column. Thanks to Milton Griepp and ICv2.com for the permission to use their figures. An overview of ICv2.com’s estimates can be found here.

(Note that the percentage comparisons are now done with total orders including reorder activity, as opposed to initial orders as was the practice of this column under the previous administration.)

8 - BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT (Digital-First) ($3.99) 
03/2015: Batman Arkham Knight #1  -- 73,266

A big debut for a digital-first title, helped by the fact that it was included in an Arcade Block subscription box. There was also a GameStop exclusive cover, though it’s unclear whether that account was serviced by Diamond. So expect to see things come back down to reality next month, though if a number of those who received their copy in a sub box end up converting to readers that will be a swell move for DC (though it is more likely I’d think that they’d be converted to digital readers as opposed to print buyers).

14 - HARLEY QUINN ($2.99) 
03/2014: Harley Quinn #4  --  63,120 (-  5.5%)
04/2014: Harley Quinn #5  --  63,155 (+  0.1%)
05/2014: Harley Quinn #6  --  62,467 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Harley Quinn #7  --  93,266 (+ 49.3%)
07/2014: Harley Quinn #8  --  76,827 (- 17.6%)
08/2014: Harley Quinn #9  --  71,522 (-  6.9%)
08/2014: Harley Quinn #10 --  58,500 (- 18.2%)
09/2014: Futures End #1   -- 119,180 (+103.7%)
10/2014: Harley Quinn #11 --  68,557 (- 42.5%)
11/2014: Harley Quinn #12 --  71,245 (+  3.9%)
12/2014: Harley Quinn #13 --  68,102 (-  4.4%)
01/2015: Harley Quinn #14 --  64,735 (-  4.9%)
02/2015: --
03/2015: Harley Quinn #15 --  66,904 (+  3.4%)
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6 months: - 43.9%
1 year  : +  6.0%
Since #0: - 52.7%

Slipped from February, so this is the Harley Quinn variant cover issue of Harley Quinn.

20 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99) 
03/2005: Detective Comics #804 -- 39,388
03/2010: Detective Comics #863 -- 43,119
03/2011: Detective Comics #875 -- 40,047
03/2012: Detective Comics #7   -- 89,981
03/2013: Detective Comics #18  -- 76,237 
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03/2014: Detective Comics #29  -- 55,486 (-  2.0%)
04/2014: Detective Comics #30  -- 56,149 (+  1.2%)
05/2014: Detective Comics #31  -- 54,518 (-  2.9%)
06/2014: Detective Comics #32  -- 72,988 (+ 33.9%)
07/2014: Detective Comics #33  -- 62,856 (- 13.9%)
08/2014: Detective Comics #34  -- 58,812 (-  6.4%)
09/2014: Futures End #1        -- 96,081 (+ 63.4%)
10/2014: Detective Comics #35  -- 57,385 (- 40.3%)
11/2014: Detective Comics #36  -- 58,171 (+  1.4%)
12/2014: Detective Comics #37  -- 54,953 (-  5.5%)
01/2015: Detective Comics #38  -- 51,301 (-  6.6%)
02/2015: Detective Comics #39  -- 54,698 (+  6.6%)
03/2015: Detective Comics #40  -- 56,126 (+  2.6%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 41.6%
1 year  : +  1.2%
2 years : - 26.4%
5 years : + 30.2%
10 years: + 42.5%
Since #1: - 64.4%

The issue with the movie poster freely-orderable variant (The Matrix) sees another gain.

22 - BATMAN AND ROBIN ($2.99) 
03/2010: Batman and Robin #10 -- 85,292
03/2011: Batman and Robin #21 -- 59,818
03/2012: Batman and Robin #7  -- 68,010
03/2013: Batman and Robin #18 -- 69,614 [76,575]
 --------------------------------------
03/2014: and Aquaman #29      -- 43,295 (-  0.2%)
04/2014: and Wonder Woman #30 -- 44,832 (+  3.6%)
05/2014: and Frankenstein #31 -- 42,150 (-  6.0%)
06/2014: and Ra's al Ghul #32 -- 56,311 (+ 33.6%)
07/2014: Batman and Robin #33 -- 56,269 (-  0.1%)
08/2014: Batman and Robin #34 -- 53,403 (-  5.1%)
09/2014: Futures End #1       -- 83,783 (+ 56.9%)
10/2014: Batman and Robin #35 -- 54,616 (- 34.8%)
11/2014: Batman and Robin #36 -- 55,289 (+  1.2%)
12/2014: Batman and Robin #37 -- 53,543 (-  3.2%)
01/2015: Batman and Robin #38 -- 50,993 (-  4.8%)
02/2015: Batman and Robin #39 -- 53,699 (+  5.3%)
03/2015: Batman and Robin #40 -- 53,926 (+  0.4%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 35.6%
1 year  : + 24.6%
2 years : - 29.6%
5 years : - 36.8%
Since #1: - 53.5%

Sees a small uptick for Movie Poster variant (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) and as the final issue.

(And by final issue I mean ‘final regular issue.’ There’s still an annual coming in April and two issues of Convergence with a Batman and Robin title. So here and any place below where I write ‘final issue’ replace it with the caveat that there may be annuals or Convergence issues still to come.)

25 - SUPERMAN ($4.99) 
03/2005: Superman #214  -- 100,943
03/2010: Superman #696 --   31,940
03/2011: Superman #709 --   39,846
03/2012: Superman #7   --   66,588
03/2013: Superman #17  --   49,666 
 --------------------------------
03/2014: Superman #29   --  33,633 (-  1.9%)
04/2014: Superman #30   --  37,316 (+ 11.0%)
05/2014: Superman #31   --  40,534 (+  8.6%)
06/2014: Superman #32   --  89,140 (+155.4%) [103,508]
07/2014: Superman #33   --  62,998 (- 39.1%)
08/2014: Superman #34   --  56,568 (- 10.2%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 --  77,949 (+ 37.8%)
10/2014: Superman #35   --  53,692 (- 31.1%)
11/2014: Superman #36   --  52,272 (-  2.6%)
12/2014: Superman #37   --  50,383 (-  3.6%)
01/2015: --
02/2015: Superman #38   --  48,987 (-  2.8%)
03/2015: Superman #39   --  50,260 (+  2.6%)
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6 months: - 35.5%
1 year  : + 49.4%
2 years : + 26.1%
5 years : + 57.4%
10 years: - 50.2%
Since #1: - 66.5%

Still running behind, so this is the issue with the Harley Quinn variant.

27 - THE MULTIVERSITY ($4.99) 
08/2014: The Multiversity #1 -- 90,551 
09/2014: SoS-H: CotC-W    #1 -- 65,022 (- 28.2%)
10/2014: The Just         #1 -- 53,301 (- 18.0%)
11/2014: Pax Americana    #1 -- 51,490 (-  3.4%)
12/2014: Thunderworld     #1 -- 47,714 (-  7.3%)
01/2015: Guidebook        #1 -- 38,672 (- 19.0%)
02/2015: Mastermen        #1 -- 50,091 (+ 29.5%)
03/2015: Ultra Comics     #1 -- 48,938 (-  2.3%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 24.7%
Since #1: - 46.0%

A bit of a drop of just over 1K copies.

30, 32, 34, 33 - BATMAN ETERNAL ($2.99) 
04/2014: Batman Eternal #1  -- 105,754           [110,916]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #2  --  84,566 (- 20.2%) [ 88,468]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #3  --  79,703 (-  4.8%) [ 84,183]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #4  --  78,009 (-  1.7%) [ 82,743]
05/2014: Batman Eternal #5  --  73,475 (- 11.2%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #6  --  70,983 (-  3.4%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #7  --  68,251 (-  3.8%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #8  --  68,523 (+  0.4%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #9  --  68,295 (-  0.3%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #10 --  67,203 (-  1.6%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #11 --  65,770 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #12 --  65,374 (-  0.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #13 --  63,828 (-  2.4%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #14 --  63,138 (-  1.1%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #15 --  62,137 (-  1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #16 --  61,149 (-  1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #17 --  60,013 (-  1.9%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #18 --  58,998 (-  1.7%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #19 --  58,368 (-  1.1%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #20 --  57,906 (-  0.8%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #21 --  57,525 (-  0.7%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #22 --  56,793 (-  1.3%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #23 --  56,152 (-  1.1%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #24 --  56,002 (-  0.3%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #25 --  55,662 (-  0.6%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #26 --  54,199 (-  2.6%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #27 --  53,511 (-  1.3%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #28 --  52,918 (-  1.1%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #29 --  52,284 (-  1.2%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #30 --  52,438 (+  0.3%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #31 --  51,133 (-  2.5%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #32 --  50,709 (-  0.8%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #33 --  50,230 (-  0.9%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #34 --  49,748 (-  1.0%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #35 --  48,999 (-  1.5%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #36 --  48,683 (-  0.6%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #37 --  48,083 (-  1.2%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #38 --  48,035 (-  0.1%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #39 --  47,782 (-  0.5%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #40 --  46,832 (-  2.0%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #41 --  46,648 (-  0.4%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #42 --  46,516 (-  0.3%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #43 --  45,912 (-  1.3%)
02/2015: Batman Eternal #44 --  45,391 (-  1.1%)
02/2015: Batman Eternal #45 --  45,199 (-  0.4%)
02/2015: Batman Eternal #46 --  44,763 (-  1.0%)
02/2015: Batman Eternal #47 --  44,699 (-  0.1%)
03/2015: Batman Eternal #48 --  44,505 (-  0.4%)
03/2015: Batman Eternal #49 --  44,277 (-  0.5%)
03/2015: Batman Eternal #50 --  43,982 (-  0.7%)
03/2015: Batman Eternal #51 --  44,065 (+  0.2%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 21.3%
Since #1: - 60.3%

Well within the established parameters. Final issue in April, though it’s entirely likely that we’ll see another Batman weekly comic in the not-too-distant future.

35 - BATMAN/SUPERMAN ($3.99) 
03/2005: --
03/2010: Superman/Batman #70 --  32,196
03/2011: Superman/Batman #82 --  28,913
 -------------------------------------
03/2014: --
04/2014: Batman/Superman #9  --  56,223 (-  4.9%)
05/2014: Batman/Superman #10 --  54,844 (-  4.9%)
05/2014: Batman/Superman #11 --  53,504 (-  4.9%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Batman/Superman #12 --  68,345 (+ 27.7%)
08/2014: Batman/Superman #13 --  55,954 (- 18.1%)
09/2014: Futures End #1      --  87,339 (+ 56.1%)
10/2014: Batman/Superman #14 --  52,270 (- 40.2%)
10/2014: Batman/Superman #15 --  50,226 (-  3.9%)
11/2014: Batman/Superman #16 --  48,581 (-  3.3%)
12/2014: Batman/Superman #17 --  44,714 (-  8.0%)
01/2015: Batman/Superman #18 --  41,750 (-  6.6%)
02/2015: Batman/Superman #19 --  44,134 (+  5.7%)
03/2015: Batman/Superman #20 --  43,428 (-  1.6%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 50.3%
1 year  :    n.a.
5 years : + 34.9%
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: - 71.3%

One of the Movie Poster variants (The Fugitive) that shows a bit of a decrease.

37 - GREEN LANTERN ($2.99) 
03/2005: --
03/2010: Green Lantern #52  --  97,369
03/2011: Green Lantern #63  --  75,632
03/2011: Green Lantern #64  --  76,898
03/2012: Green Lantern #7   --  90,232
03/2013: Green Lantern #18  --  69,801 
 -------------------------------------
03/2014: Green Lantern #29  --  45,797 (- 11.2%)
04/2014: Green Lantern #30  --  44,483 (-  2.9%)
05/2014: Green Lantern #31  --  43,769 (-  1.6%)
06/2014: Green Lantern #32  --  56,315 (+ 28.7%)
07/2014: Green Lantern #33  --  47,279 (- 16.0%)
08/2014: Green Lantern #34  --  43,846 (-  7.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1     --  77,372 (+ 76.5%)
10/2014: Green Lantern #35  --  45,893 (- 40.7%)
11/2014: Green Lantern #36  --  46,157 (+  0.6%)
12/2014: Green Lantern #37  --  44,033 (-  4.6%)
01/2015: Green Lantern #38  --  39,342 (- 10.7%)
02/2015: Green Lantern #39  --  41,997 (+  6.7%)
03/2015: Green Lantern #40  --  42,334 (+  0.8%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 45.3%
1 year  : -  7.6%
2 years : - 39.4%
5 years : - 56.5%
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: - 75.0%

The issue with the Move Poster variant (2001) shows an increase of a few hundred copies.

38 - BATGIRL ($2.99) 
03/2005: Batgirl #61    -- 28,750
03/2010: Batgirl #8     -- 30,886
03/2011: Batgirl #19    -- 24,043
03/2012: Batgirl #7     -- 50,791
03/2013: Batgirl #18    -- 51,677 
 ---------------------------------
03/2014: Batgirl #29    -- 33,223 (-  3.9%)
04/2014: Batgirl #30    -- 32,698 (-  1.6%)
05/2014: Batgirl #31    -- 31,522 (-  3.6%)
06/2014: Batgirl #32    -- 47,304 (+ 50.1%)
07/2014: Batgirl #33    -- 37,186 (- 21.4%)
08/2014: Batgirl #34    -- 34,590 (-  7.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 67,933 (+ 96.4%)
10/2014: Batgirl #35    -- 62,644 (-  7.8%)
11/2014: Batgirl #36    -- 50,247 (- 19.8%)
12/2014: Batgirl #37    -- 45,060 (- 10.3%)
01/2015: Batgirl #38    -- 45,096 (+  0.1%)
02/2015: Batgirl #39    -- 40,880 (-  9.3%)
03/2015: Batgirl #40    -- 41,729 (+  2.1%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 38.6%
1 year  : + 25.6%
2 years : - 19.3%
5 years : + 35.1%
10 years: + 45.1%
Since #1: - 61.0%

Adds nearly 1000 copies for the issue with a Movie Poster variant (Purple Rain).

39 - GRAYSON ($2.99) 
03/2005: Nightwing #105 -- 38,958
03/2005: Nightwing #106 -- 38,772
03/2012: Nightwing #7   -- 50,489
03/2013: Nightwing #18  -- 48,223 [53,978]
 --------------------------------
03/2014: Nightwing #29  -- 36,814 (-  0.3%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Nightwing #30  -- 43,923 (+ 19.3%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Grayson #1     -- 81,433 (+ 85.4%)
08/2014: Grayson #2     -- 56,486 (- 30.6%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 76,551 (+ 52.7%)
10/2014: Grayson #3     -- 52,849 (- 31.0%)
11/2014: Grayson #4     -- 47,590 (- 10.0%)
12/2014: Grayson #5     -- 42,611 (- 10.5%)
01/2015: Grayson #6     -- 38,505 (-  9.6%)
02/2015: Grayson #7     -- 41,164 (+  6.9%)
03/2015: Grayson #8     -- 40,859 (-  0.7%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 46.6%
1 year  : + 11.0%
2 years : - 24.3%
10 years: +  5.1%
Since #1: - 49.8%

Grayson’s issue with the Movie Poster variant (Enter the Dragon) drops a few hundred copies.

45, 61 - ENDGAME one-shots ($2.99) 
03/2015: Detective Comics #1  -- 39,506 
03/2015: Batgirl          #1  -- 32,393

There were meant to be four of these in March, but the Arkham Manor and Gotham Academy ones slipped into April.

I suspect that these were supposed to give a boost by tying-in with the “Endgame” storyline running in the regular Batman title, but both of these game it at levels below the regular issues of the titles, meaning that those placing the orders saw these as not essential to either the “Endgame” story or the stories in the regular books. (Which is a shame because the story in Batgirl: Endgame was really good!)

48 - FLASH ($2.99) 
02/2005: Flash #220       --  46,851 [48,659]
03/2010: --
03/2011: --
03/2012: Flash #7         --  64,975
03/2013: Flash #18        --  41,659 
 -----------------------------------
03/2014: Flash #29        --  33,241 (-  1.8%)
04/2014: Flash #30        --  33,300 (+  5.8%) [35,157]
05/2014: Flash #31        --  34,240 (-  2.6%)
06/2014: Flash #32        --  47,188 (+ 37.8%)
07/2014: Flash #33        --  39,669 (- 15.9%)
08/2014: Flash #34        --  37,109 (-  6.5%)
09/2014: Futures End #1   --  70,368 (+ 89.6%)
10/2014: Flash #35        --  37,484 (- 46.7%)
11/2014: Flash #36        --  38,145 (+  1.8%)
12/2014: Flash #37        --  37,026 (-  2.9%)
01/2015: Flash #38        --  35,180 (-  5.0%)
02/2015: Flash #39        --  43,635 (+ 24.0%)
03/2015: Flash #40        --  38,382 (- 12.0%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 45.5%
1 year  : + 15.5%
2 years : -  7.9%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years: - 21.1%
Since #1: - 74.0%

After last month’s conspicuously large rise, this month Flash sees an equally conspicuously large decline for its Movie Poster variant (North by Northwest).

49 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99) 
03/2005: Teen Titans #22 -- 67,780
03/2010: Teen Titans #81 -- 25,758
03/2011: Teen Titans #93 -- 24,957
03/2012: Teen Titans #7  -- 51,402
03/2013: Teen Titans #18 -- 42,055 
 ---------------------------------
03/2014: Teen Titans #29 -- 25,969 (-  2.9%)
04/2014: Teen Titans #30 -- 25,709 (-  1.0%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: --
07/2014: Teen Titans #1  -- 52,358 (+103.7%)
08/2014: Teen Titans #2  -- 40,687 (- 22.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1  -- 62,915 (+ 54.6%)
10/2014: Teen Titans #3  -- 39,198 (- 37.7%)
11/2014: Teen Titans #4  -- 36,364 (-  7.2%)
12/2014: Teen Titans #5  -- 34,101 (-  6.2%)
01/2015: Teen Titans #6  -- 30,955 (-  9.2%)
02/2015: Teen Titans #7  -- 34,051 (+ 10.0%)
03/2015: Teen Titans #8  -- 38,363 (+ 12.7%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 39.0%
1 year  : + 47.7%
2 years : -  8.8%
5 years : + 48.9%
10 years: - 43.4%
Since #1: - 26.7%

Adds over 4K copies during its Movie Poster variant (The Lost Boys), which is much more than the other titles so there may be something else underlying the rise this month.

50 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99) 
03/2005: Action Comics #825 -- 40,877
03/2010: Action Comics #887 -- 29,460
03/2011: Action Comics #899 -- 31,808
03/2012: Action Comics #7   -- 91,822
03/2013: Action Comics #18  -- 61,879
 ------------------------------------
03/2014: Action Comics #29  -- 34,231 (-  3.0%)
04/2014: Action Comics #30  -- 37,809 (+ 10.5%)
05/2014: Action Comics #31  -- 41,081 (+  8.7%)
06/2014: Action Comics #32  -- 55,400 (+ 34.9%)
07/2014: Action Comics #33  -- 49,457 (- 10.7%)
08/2014: Action Comics #34  -- 46,746 (-  5.5%)
09/2014: Futures End #1     -- 74,497 (+ 59.4%)
10/2014: Action Comics #35  -- 45,152 (- 39.4%)
11/2014: Action Comics #36  -- 41,835 (-  7.3%)
12/2014: Action Comics #37  -- 39,168 (-  6.4%)
01/2015: Action Comics #38  -- 35,018 (- 10.6%)
02/2015: Action Comics #39  -- 38,070 (+  8.7%)
03/2015: Action Comics #40  -- 38,216 (+  0.4%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 48.7%
1 year  : + 11.6%
2 years : - 38.2%
5 years : + 29.7%
10 years: -  6.5%
Since #1: - 81.0%

Adds just a few copies for its Movie Poster variant (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure).

60 - AQUAMAN ($2.99) 
03/2005: Aquaman #28    -- 19,177
03/2012: Aquaman #6     -- 63,450
03/2013: Aquaman #18    -- 53,337 
 --------------------------------
03/2014: Aquaman #29    -- 33,907 (-  3.0%)
04/2014: Aquaman #30    -- 32,859 (-  3.1%)
05/2014: Aquaman #31    -- 32,076 (-  2.4%)
06/2014: Aquaman #32    -- 44,853 (+ 39.8%)
07/2014: Aquaman #33    -- 36,140 (- 19.4%)
08/2014: Aquaman #34    -- 33,380 (-  7.6%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 65,212 (+ 95.4%)
10/2014: Aquaman #35    -- 32,238 (- 50.6%)
11/2014: Aquaman #36    -- 32,838 (+  1.9%)
12/2014: Aquaman #37    -- 31,198 (-  5.0%)
01/2015: Aquaman #38    -- 28,356 (-  9.1%)
02/2015: Aquaman #39    -- 32,162 (+ 13.4%)
03/2015: Aquaman #40    -- 32,404 (+  0.8%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 50.3%
1 year  : -  4.4%
2 years : - 39.2%
10 years: + 69.0%
Since #1: - 70.1%

Adds just a couple hundred copies for its Movie Poster variant (Free Willy).

62 - JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED ($3.99) 
04/2014: Justice League United #0  -- 68,431 
05/2014: Justice League United #1  -- 64,209 (-  6.2%) 
06/2014: Justice League United #2  -- 62,928 (-  2.0%) 
07/2014: Justice League United #3  -- 47,919 (- 23.9%) 
08/2014: Justice League United #4  -- 42,504 (- 11.3%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1            -- 72,839 (+ 71.4%)
10/2014: Justice League United #5  -- 38,066 (- 47.7%) 
11/2014: Justice League United #6  -- 34,610 (-  9.1%) 
12/2014: Justice League United #7  -- 31,904 (-  7.8%) 
01/2015: Justice League United #8  -- 28,720 (- 10.0%) 
02/2015: Justice League United #9  -- 31,932 (+ 11.2%) 
03/2015: Justice League United #10 -- 31,722 (-  0.7%) 
 ----------------
6 months: - 56.4%
Since #0: - 53.6%

Loses just a couple hundred copies for its Movie Poster variant (Mars Attacks).

63 - DEATHSTROKE ($2.99) 
03/2012: Deathstroke #7  -- 19,744 
03/2013: Deathstroke #18 -- 12,306 
 ---------------------------------
10/2014: Deathstroke #1  -- 54,059 (+359.4%) 
11/2014: Deathstroke #2  -- 36,356 (- 32.7%) 
12/2014: Deathstroke #3  -- 34,010 (-  6.5%) 
01/2015: Deathstroke #4  -- 33,011 (-  2.9%) 
02/2015: Deathstroke #5  -- 32,863 (-  0.4%) 
03/2015: Deathstroke #6  -- 31,666 (-  3.6%) 
 ----------------
2 years : +157.3%
Since #1: - 41.4%

A standard attrition-type drop, and still head-and-shoulders above the previous New 52 version of the title. (Deathstroke has variants, but not the freely-orderable kind.)

65 - NEW SUICIDE SQUAD ($2.99) 
03/2012: Suicide Squad #7      -- 32,908
03/2013: Suicide Squad #18     -- 25,232 
 ---------------------------------------
03/2014: Suicide Squad #29     -- 22,162 (-  3.1%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Suicide Squad #30     -- 22,063 (-  0.4%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: New Suicide Squad #1  -- 49,260 (+123.3%)
08/2014: New Suicide Squad #2  -- 38,477 (- 21.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1        -- 73,599 (+ 91.3%)
10/2014: New Suicide Squad #3  -- 39,498 (- 46.3%)
11/2014: New Suicide Squad #4  -- 34,920 (- 11.6%)
12/2014: New Suicide Squad #5  -- 32,834 (-  6.0%)
01/2015: New Suicide Squad #6  -- 32,304 (-  1.6%)
02/2015: New Suicide Squad #7  -- 30,537 (-  5.5%)
03/2015: New Suicide Squad #8  -- 30,443 (-  0.3%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 58.6%
1 year  : + 37.4%
2 years : + 20.7%
Since #1: - 38.2%

Just a tiny drop of fewer than 100 copies.

66, 69, 71, 74 - THE NEW 52  FUTURES END ($2.99) 
05/2014: Futures End #0  -- ?????? 
05/2014: Futures End #1  -- 77,867 
05/2014: Futures End #2  -- 62,862 (- 19.3%) 
05/2014: Futures End #3  -- 59,148 (-  5.9%)
05/2014: Futures End #4  -- 58,496 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Futures End #5  -- 53,645 (-  8.3%)
06/2014: Futures End #6  -- 51,543 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Futures End #7  -- 50,266 (-  2.5%)
06/2014: Futures End #8  -- 49,138 (-  2.2%)
07/2014: Futures End #9  -- 52,083 (+  6.0%)
07/2014: Futures End #10 -- 46,001 (- 11.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #11 -- 45,222 (-  1.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #12 -- 43,228 (-  4.4%)
07/2014: Futures End #13 -- 42,803 (-  1.0%)
08/2014: Futures End #14 -- 41,185 (-  3.8%)
08/2014: Futures End #15 -- 40,541 (-  1.6%)
08/2014: Futures End #16 -- 40,077 (-  1.1%)
08/2014: Futures End #17 -- 39,750 (-  0.8%)
09/2014: Futures End #18 -- 38,778 (-  2.4%)
09/2014: Futures End #19 -- 38,377 (-  1.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #20 -- 37,990 (-  1.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #21 -- 37,861 (-  0.3%)
10/2014: Futures End #22 -- 36,468 (-  3.7%)
10/2014: Futures End #23 -- 36,120 (-  1.0%)
10/2014: Futures End #24 -- 35,937 (-  0.5%)
10/2014: Futures End #25 -- 35,585 (-  1.0%)
10/2014: Futures End #26 -- 35,452 (-  0.4%)
11/2014: Futures End #27 -- 34,692 (-  2.1%)
11/2014: Futures End #28 -- 34,601 (-  0.3%)
11/2014: Futures End #29 -- 34,202 (-  1.2%)
11/2014: Futures End #30 -- 33,942 (-  0.8%)
12/2014: Futures End #31 -- 33,025 (-  2.7%)
12/2014: Futures End #32 -- 32,878 (-  0.4%)
12/2014: Futures End #33 -- 32,409 (-  1.4%)
12/2014: Futures End #34 -- 32,414 (+  0.0%)
12/2014: Futures End #35 -- 32,233 (-  0.6%)
01/2015: Futures End #36 -- 31,338 (-  2.8%)
01/2015: Futures End #37 -- 31,202 (-  0.4%)
01/2015: Futures End #38 -- 30,992 (-  0.7%)
01/2015: Futures End #39 -- 30,510 (-  1.6%)
02/2015: Futures End #40 -- 30,157 (-  1.2%)
02/2015: Futures End #41 -- 29,994 (-  0.5%)
02/2015: Futures End #42 -- 29,641 (-  1.2%)
02/2015: Futures End #43 -- 29,647 (+  0.0%)
03/2015: Futures End #44 -- 29,971 (+  1.1%)
03/2015: Futures End #45 -- 29,610 (-  1.2%)
03/2015: Futures End #46 -- 29,543 (-  0.2%)
03/2015: Futures End #47 -- 29,386 (-  0.5%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 22.5%
Since #1: - 62.3%

Has settled into the 29K range for its penultimate month.

72 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS ($2.99) 
03/2010: Green Lantern Corps #46 -- 76,720
03/2011: Green Lantern Corps #58 -- 60,100
03/2012: Green Lantern Corps #7  -- 48,692
03/2013: Green Lantern Corps #18 -- 44,215 
 -----------------------------------------
03/2014: Green Lantern Corps #29 -- 27,754 (-  4.8%)
04/2014: Green Lantern Corps #30 -- 26,640 (-  4.0%)
05/2014: Green Lantern Corps #31 -- 28,449 (+  6.8%)
06/2014: Green Lantern Corps #32 -- 40,734 (+ 43.2%)
07/2014: Green Lantern Corps #33 -- 32,877 (- 19.3%)
08/2014: Green Lantern Corps #34 -- 29,471 (- 10.4%)
09/2014: Futures End #1          -- 58,325 (+ 97.9%)
10/2014: Green Lantern Corps #35 -- 34,222 (- 41.3%)
11/2014: Green Lantern Corps #36 -- 34,109 (-  0.3%)
12/2014: Green Lantern Corps #37 -- 32,860 (-  3.7%)
01/2015: Green Lantern Corps #38 -- 27,765 (- 15.5%)
02/2015: Green Lantern Corps #39 -- 29,825 (+  7.4%)
03/2015: Green Lantern Corps #40 -- 29,412 (-  1.4%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 49.6%
1 year  : +  6.0%
2 years : - 33.5%
5 years : - 61.7%
Since #1: - 69.0%

A drop of just a few hundred copies for its Movie Poster variant (Forbidden Planet) sporting final issue.

78 - SINESTRO ($2.99) 
04/2014: Sinestro #1    -- 46,480 
05/2014: Sinestro #2    -- 34,640 (- 25.5%) 
06/2014: Sinestro #3    -- 30,422 (- 12.2%) 
07/2014: Sinestro #4    -- 28,095 (-  7.6%) 
08/2014: Sinestro #5    -- 26,867 (-  4.4%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 60,761 (+126.2%)
10/2014: Sinestro #6    -- 33,621 (- 44.7%) 
11/2014: -- 
12/2014: Sinestro #7    -- 33,549 (-  0.2%) 
12/2014: Sinestro #8    -- 31,509 (-  6.1%) 
01/2015: Sinestro #9    -- 26,346 (- 16.4%) 
02/2015: Sinestro #10   -- 28,698 (+  8.9%) 
03/2015: Sinestro #11   -- 28,384 (-  1.1%) 
 ----------------
6 months: - 53.3%
Since #1: - 38.9%

Also drops just a few hundred copies for its Movie Poster variant (Westworld).

83 - EARTH 2 ($2.99) 
03/2013: Earth 2 #10    -- 46,213 
 --------------------------------
03/2014: Earth 2 #21    -- 35,295 (-  1.2%)
04/2014: Earth 2 #22    -- 34,970 (-  0.9%)
05/2014: Earth 2 #23    -- 34,531 (-  1.3%)
06/2014: Earth 2 #24    -- 47,277 (+ 36.9%)
07/2014: Earth 2 #25    -- 39,726 (- 16.0%)
08/2014: Earth 2 #26    -- 37,396 (-  5.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 65,212 (+ 73.7%)
10/2014: Earth 2 #27    -- 37,925 (- 41.6%)
11/2014: Earth 2 #28    -- 31,722 (- 16.4%)
12/2014: Earth 2 #29    -- 30,273 (-  4.6%)
01/2015: Earth 2 #30    -- 28,618 (-  5.5%)
02/2015: Earth 2 #31    -- 27,513 (-  3.9%)
03/2015: Earth 2 #32    -- 27,361 (-  0.6%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 58.0%
1 year  : - 22.5%
2 years : - 40.8%
Since #1: - 73.3%

Final issue. Relaunching post-Convergence as Earth 2: Society.

89 - CATWOMAN ($2.99) 
03/2005: Catwoman #41   -- 22,029
03/2012: Catwoman #7    -- 41,447
03/2013: Catwoman #18   -- 33,220 
 --------------------------------
03/2014: Catwoman #29   -- 22,236 (-  7.2%)
04/2014: Catwoman #30   -- 20,968 (-  5.7%)
05/2014: Catwoman #31   -- 20,144 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Catwoman #32   -- 33,694 (+ 67.3%)
07/2014: Catwoman #33   -- 18,945 (- 43.8%)
08/2014: Catwoman #34   -- 23,497 (+ 24.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 56,939 (+142.3%)
10/2014: Catwoman #35   -- 25,970 (- 54.4%)
11/2014: Catwoman #36   -- 26,237 (+  1.0%)
12/2014: Catwoman #37   -- 25,154 (-  4.1%)
01/2015: Catwoman #38   -- 22,386 (- 11.0%)
02/2015: Catwoman #39   -- 26,450 (+ 18.2%)
03/2015: Catwoman #40   -- 26,534 (+  0.3%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 53.4%
1 year  : + 19.3%
2 years : - 20.1%
10 years: + 20.5%
Since #1: - 64.9%

Adds under 100 copies for its Movie Poster variant issue (Bullitt).

90 - SUPERGIRL ($2.99) 
03/2010: Supergirl #51 --  29,845
03/2011: Supergirl #62 --  21,786
03/2012: Supergirl #7  --  37,041
03/2013: Supergirl #18 --  28,051 
 --------------------------------
03/2014: Supergirl #29  -- 22,883 (-  2.9%)
04/2014: Supergirl #30  -- 23,410 (+  2.3%)
05/2014: Supergirl #31  -- 22,783 (-  2.7%)
06/2014: Supergirl #32  -- 22,481 (-  1.3%)
07/2014: Supergirl #33  -- 22,802 (+  1.4%)
08/2014: Supergirl #34  -- 26,510 (+ 16.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 55,706 (+110.1%)
10/2014: Supergirl #35  -- 26,371 (- 52.7%)
11/2014: Supergirl #36  -- 28,373 (+  7.6%)
12/2014: Supergirl #37  -- 26,272 (-  7.4%)
01/2015: Supergirl #38  -- 22,677 (- 13.7%)
02/2015: Supergirl #39  -- 26,304 (+ 16.0%)
03/2015: Supergirl #40  -- 26,528 (+  0.9%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 52.4%
1 year  : + 15.9%
2 years : -  5.4%
5 years : - 11.1%
Since #1: - 64.3%

Adds a couple hundred copies for its Movie Poster variant (The Wizard of Oz) sporting final issue.

96 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ($3.99) 
03/2012: Justice League Dark #7  -- 36,089
03/2013: Justice League Dark #18 -- 25,664 
 -----------------------------------------
03/2014: Justice League Dark #29 -- 29,202 (-  4.3%)
04/2014: Justice League Dark #30 -- 27,695 (-  5.2%)
05/2014: Justice League Dark #31 -- 25,337 (-  8.5%)
06/2014: Justice League Dark #32 -- 38,219 (+ 50.8%)
07/2014: Justice League Dark #33 -- 28,297 (- 26.0%)
08/2014: Justice League Dark #34 -- 25,258 (- 10.7%)
09/2014: Futures End #1          -- 58,529 (+131.7%)
10/2014: Justice League Dark #35 -- 24,462 (- 58.2%)
11/2014: Justice League Dark #36 -- 24,495 (+  0.1%)
12/2014: Justice League Dark #37 -- 23,151 (-  5.5%)
01/2015: Justice League Dark #38 -- 20,222 (- 12.7%)
02/2015: Justice League Dark #39 -- 24,023 (+ 18.8%)
03/2015: Justice League Dark #40 -- 24,816 (+  3.3%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 57.6%
1 year  : - 15.0%
2 years : -  3.3%
Since #1: - 69.7%

Adds a few hundred copies for its Movie Poster variant (Beetlejuice) sporting final issue. The planned post-Convergence relaunch will apparently be delayed for a bit.

98, 99, 100, 101 - EARTH 2 - WORLD'S END ($2.99) 
10/2014: E2 World's End #1  -- 48,249
10/2014: E2 World's End #2  -- 40,190 (- 16.7%)
10/2014: E2 World's End #3  -- 38,496 (-  4.2%)
10/2014: E2 World's End #4  -- 37,874 (-  1.6%)
11/2014: E2 World's End #5  -- 36,395 (-  3.9%)
11/2014: E2 World's End #6  -- 31,248 (- 14.1%)
11/2014: E2 World's End #7  -- 30,378 (-  2.8%)
11/2014: E2 World's End #8  -- 29,636 (-  2.4%)
12/2014: E2 World's End #9  -- 28,204 (-  4.8%)
12/2014: E2 World's End #10 -- 27,893 (-  1.1%)
12/2014: E2 World's End #11 -- 27,297 (-  2.1%)
12/2014: E2 World's End #12 -- 27,256 (-  0.1%)
12/2014: E2 World's End #13 -- 26,942 (-  1.2%)
01/2015: E2 World's End #14 -- 25,600 (-  5.0%)
01/2015: E2 World's End #15 -- 25,562 (-  0.1%)
01/2015: E2 World's End #16 -- 25,331 (-  0.9%)
01/2015: E2 World's End #17 -- 24,955 (-  1.5%)
02/2015: E2 World's End #18 -- 24,435 (-  2.1%)
02/2015: E2 World's End #19 -- 24,376 (-  0.2%)
02/2015: E2 World's End #20 -- 24,182 (-  0.8%)
02/2015: E2 World's End #21 -- 24,033 (-  0.6%)
03/2015: E2 World's End #22 -- 23,814 (-  0.9%)
03/2015: E2 World's End #23 -- 23,765 (-  0.2%)
03/2015: E2 World's End #24 -- 23,652 (-  0.5%)
03/2015: E2 World's End #25 -- 23,529 (-  0.5%)
 ---------------
Since #1: - 51.2%

Continues its small but steady decline as the final issue approaches.

111 - GOTHAM ACADEMY ($2.99) 
10/2014: Gotham Academy #1  -- 43,338
11/2014: Gotham Academy #2  -- 31,110 (- 28.2%)
12/2014: Gotham Academy #3  -- 26,509 (- 14.8%)
01/2015: Gotham Academy #4  -- 22,576 (- 14.8%)
02/2015: Gotham Academy #5  -- 20,844 (-  7.7%)
03/2015: Gotham Academy #6  -- 20,361 (-  2.3%)
 ---------------
Since #1: - 53.0%

Standard attrition, but at this level there’s not much room for such things. There’s a Damian Wayne appearance coming post-Convergence to maybe give sales a boost and perhaps entice some new readers to give it a look.

115 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ($2.99) 
03/2012: New Guardians #7  -- 48,422
03/2013: New Guardians #18 -- 42,028 
 -----------------------------------
03/2014: New Guardians #29 -- 25,296 (-  7.0%)
04/2014: New Guardians #30 -- 24,727 (-  2.2%)
05/2014: New Guardians #31 -- 23,886 (-  3.4%)
06/2014: New Guardians #32 -- 23,142 (-  3.1%)
07/2014: New Guardians #33 -- 22,797 (-  1.5%)
08/2014: New Guardians #34 -- 22,052 (-  3.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1    -- 55,863 (+153.3%)
10/2014: New Guardians #35 -- 26,702 (- 52.2%)
11/2014: New Guardians #36 -- 25,681 (-  3.8%)
12/2014: New Guardians #37 -- 25,438 (-  0.9%)
01/2015: New Guardians #38 -- 21,992 (- 13.5%)
02/2015: New Guardians #39 -- 20,494 (-  6.8%)
03/2015: New Guardians #40 -- 20,104 (-  1.9%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 64.0%
1 year  : - 20.5%
2 years : - 52.2%
Since #1: - 79.2%
116 - RED LANTERNS ($2.99) 
03/2012: Red Lanterns #7  -- 43,450
03/2013: Red Lanterns #18 -- 35,203 
 ----------------------------------
03/2014: Red Lanterns #29 -- 25,153 (- 51.2%)
04/2014: Red Lanterns #30 -- 24,350 (-  3.2%)
05/2014: Red Lanterns #31 -- 24,307 (-  0.2%)
06/2014: Red Lanterns #32 -- 23,720 (-  2.4%)
07/2014: Red Lanterns #33 -- 23,355 (-  1.5%)
08/2014: Red Lanterns #34 -- 22,761 (-  2.5%)
09/2014: Futures End #1   -- 56,030 (+146.2%)
10/2014: Red Lanterns #35 -- 26,534 (- 52.6%)
11/2014: Red Lanterns #36 -- 25,654 (-  3.3%)
12/2014: Red Lanterns #37 -- 25,521 (-  0.5%)
01/2015: Red Lanterns #38 -- 21,573 (- 15.5%)
02/2015: Red Lanterns #39 -- 20,546 (-  4.8%)
03/2015: Red Lanterns #40 -- 19,996 (-  2.7%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 64.3%
1 year  : - 20.5%
2 years : - 43.2%
Since #1: - 77.6%

Final issues for both, straddling either side of the 20K line.

These two titles have pretty much been neck-and-neck together on the chart at the bottom of the GL group since I took over this column in early 2014, and represent the floor of interest in the franchise.

There will be three Green Lantern-related titles post-Divergence–the returning Green Lantern and Sinestro and the new GL: The Lost Army–which is probably still one too many but much more realistic.

117 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99) 
03/2005: Green Arrow #58  -- 31,668
03/2010: Green Arrow #31  -- 28,486
03/2011: Green Arrow #10  -- 33,085
03/2012: Green Arrow #7   -- 29,004
03/2013: Green Arrow #18  -- 28,080 
 ----------------------------------
03/2014: Green Arrow #29  -- 23,698 (- 11.3%)
04/2014: Green Arrow #30  -- 23,577 (-  0.5%)
05/2014: Green Arrow #31  -- 23,475 (-  0.4%)
06/2014: Green Arrow #32  -- 23,602 (+  0.5%)
07/2014: Green Arrow #33  -- 23,452 (-  0.6%)
08/2014: Green Arrow #34  -- 22,927 (-  2.2%)
09/2014: Futures End #1   -- 61,915 (+170.1%)
10/2014: Green Arrow #35  -- 23,346 (- 62.3%)
11/2014: Green Arrow #36  -- 21,842 (-  6.4%)
12/2014: Green Arrow #37  -- 20,904 (-  4.3%)
01/2015: Green Arrow #38  -- 20,207 (-  3.3%)
02/2015: Green Arrow #39  -- 19,651 (-  2.8%)
03/2015: Green Arrow #40  -- 19,792 (+  0.7%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 68.0%
1 year  : - 16.5%
2 years : - 29.5%
5 years : - 18.4%
10 years: - 37.7%
Since #1: - 72.8%

An addition of a bit more than a hundred copies. GA seems to have found its new level since the creative team change. There will likely be a Green Arrow on the slate as long as the Arrow television series is on the air, but I’m not sure if DC will be happy enough with sales at this level for very long. Certainly if they start to drop much lower they’ll have to consider another change.

(Meanwhile, former GA writer Jeff Lemire’s new book for Hawkeye, Marvel’s archer super-hero, debuts with sales over 66K. As with most Marvel debuts that’s inflated with variants and whatnot, but it will be interesting to see where that title eventually settles at. . .)

121 - ARKHAM MANOR ($2.99) 
10/2014: Arkham Manor #1 -- 45,922
11/2014: Arkham Manor #2 -- 30,907 (- 32.7%)
12/2014: Arkham Manor #3 -- 28,202 (-  8.8%)
01/2015: Arkham Manor #4 -- 21,617 (- 23.3%)
02/2015: Arkham Manor #5 -- 19,512 (-  9.7%)
03/2015: Arkham Manor #6 -- 18,538 (-  5.0%)
 ---------------
Since #1: - 59.6%

Final issue. AFAIK this was not announced as a limited series, but I suspect it wasn’t meant to go beyond six issues.

123 - GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT ($2.99) 
11/2014: Gotham by Midnight #1  -- 38,436
12/2014: Gotham by Midnight #2  -- 27,849 (- 27.5%)
01/2015: Gotham by Midnight #3  -- 21,330 (- 23.4%)
02/2015: Gotham by Midnight #4  -- 18,643 (- 12.6%)
03/2015: Gotham by Midnight #5  -- 17,604 (-  5.6%)
 ---------------
Since #1: - 54.2%

I don’t foresee a bright future for this supernaturally-tinged Bat-book.

126 - WORLDS' FINEST ($2.99) 
03/2013: Worlds' Finest #10 -- 28,469 
 ------------------------------------
03/2014: Worlds' Finest #21 -- 25,676 (-  7.0%)
04/2014: Worlds' Finest #22 -- 21,485 (- 16.3%)
05/2014: Worlds' Finest #23 -- 21,118 (-  1.7%)
06/2014: Worlds' Finest #24 -- 20,900 (-  1.0%)
07/2014: Worlds' Finest #25 -- 19,957 (-  4.5%)
08/2014: Worlds' Finest #26 -- 19,772 (-  0.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1     -- 55,376 (+153.3%)
10/2014: Worlds' Finest #27 -- 20,234 (- 63.5%)
11/2014: Worlds' Finest #28 -- 19,709 (-  2.6%)
12/2014: Worlds' Finest #29 -- 19,001 (-  3.6%)
01/2015: Worlds' Finest #30 -- 18,470 (-  2.8%)
02/2015: Worlds' Finest #31 -- 17,314 (-  6.3%)
03/2015: Worlds' Finest #32 -- 17,389 (+  0.4%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 68.6%
1 year  : - 32.3%
2 years : - 38.9%
Since #1: - 75.0%

Adds seventy-five copies for its final issue.

127 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ($2.99) 
03/2012: Red Hood & Outlaws #7  -- 38,630
03/2013: Red Hood & Outlaws #18 -- 37,731 [42,901]
 ------------------------------
03/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #29 -- 22,316 (-  4.0%)
04/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #30 -- 21,718 (-  2.7%)
05/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #31 -- 21,257 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #32 -- 33,081 (+ 55.6%)
07/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #33 -- 20,669 (- 37.5%)
08/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #34 -- 20,069 (-  2.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1         -- 54,984 (+174.0%)
10/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #35 -- 19,837 (- 63.9%)
11/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #36 -- 19,245 (-  3.0%)
12/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #37 -- 18,723 (-  2.7%)
01/2015: Red Hood & Outlaws #38 -- 18,014 (-  3.8%)
02/2015: Red Hood & Outlaws #39 -- 17,270 (-  4.1%)
03/2015: Red Hood & Outlaws #40 -- 17,110 (-  0.9%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 68.9%
1 year  : - 23.3%
2 years : - 30.1%
Since #1: - 75.6%

Final issue. Being relaunched post-Convergence as Red Hood/Arsenal and a separate Starfire series.

129 - SECRET ORIGINS ($4.99) 
04/2014: Secret Origins #1  -- 38,742 
05/2014: Secret Origins #2  -- 32,966 (- 14.9%) 
06/2014: Secret Origins #3  -- 28,351 (- 14.0%) 
07/2014: Secret Origins #4  -- 37,181 (+ 31.1%) 
08/2014: Secret Origins #5  -- 24,126 (- 35.1%) 
09/2004: --
10/2014: Secret Origins #6  -- 24,775 (+  2.7%) 
11/2014: Secret Origins #7  -- 21,377 (- 13.7%) 
12/2014: Secret Origins #8  -- 20,687 (-  3.2%) 
01/2013: Secret Origins #9  -- 18,190 (- 12.1%) 
02/2014: Secret Origins #10 -- 18,312 (+  0.7%) 
03/2014: Secret Origins #11 -- 16,854 (-  8.0%) 
 ----------------
6 months:    n.a.
Since #1: - 56.5%

Final issue. The previous Secret Origins series, which launched post-Crisis, lasted for fifty issues. But the interests of those buying super-hero comics are much different today than they were thirty years ago.

131 - JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 ($2.99) 
03/2014: Justice League 3K #4  -- 30,127 (- 9.6%)
04/2014: Justice League 3K #5  -- 27,529 (- 8.6%)
05/2014: Justice League 3K #6  -- 25,738 (- 6.5%)
06/2014: Justice League 3K #7  -- 24,172 (- 6.1%)
07/2014: Justice League 3K #8  -- 22,604 (- 6.5%)
08/2014: Justice League 3K #9  -- 20,974 (- 7.2%)
09/2014: --
10/2014: Justice League 3K #10 -- 19,623 (- 6.4%)
11/2014: Justice League 3K #11 -- 18,642 (- 5.0%)
12/2014: Justice League 3K #12 -- 18,659 (+ 0.1%)
01/2015: Justice League 3K #13 -- 17,432 (- 6.6%)
02/2015: Justice League 3K #14 -- 16,778 (- 3.8%)
03/2015: Justice League 3K #15 -- 16,604 (- 1.0%)
 ----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 44.9%
Since #1: - 71.2%

Final issue–of a sort. Relaunched as Justice League 3001 post-Convergence.

135 - SWAMP THING ($2.99) 
03/2005: Swamp Thing #13 -- 12,707
03/2012: Swamp Thing #7  -- 40,268
03/2013: Swamp Thing #18 -- 30,716 (- 2.5%)
 ---------------------------------
03/2014: Swamp Thing #29 -- 18,837 (-  1.6%)
04/2014: Swamp Thing #30 -- 18,458 (-  2.0%)
05/2014: Swamp Thing #31 -- 18,249 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Swamp Thing #32 -- 18,483 (+  1.3%)
07/2014: Swamp Thing #33 -- 17,905 (-  3.1%)
08/2014: Swamp Thing #34 -- 17,570 (-  1.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1  -- 51,918 (+195.5%)
10/2014: Swamp Thing #35 -- 17,354 (- 66.6%)
11/2014: Swamp Thing #36 -- 16,840 (-  3.0%)
12/2014: Swamp Thing #37 -- 16,339 (-  3.0%)
01/2015: Swamp Thing #38 -- 15,751 (-  3.6%)
02/2015: Swamp Thing #39 -- 15,360 (-  2.5%)
03/2015: Swamp Thing #40 -- 15,966 (+  3.9%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 69.2%
1 year  : - 15.2%
2 years : - 48.0%
10 years: + 25.6%
Since #1: - 78.3%

Adds a few hundred copies for its final issue. Don’t worry Swamp Thing fans–the ol’ muck monster will surely return to comics again someday.

139, 141 - INJUSTICE: YEAR THREE (Digital-First) ($2.99) 
03/2013: Injustice #3     -- 18,608 [24,469]
 ------------------------
03/2014: Injustice Y2 #3  -- 20,693 (- 8.9%)
04/2014: Injustice Y2 #4  -- 20,310 (- 1.9%)
05/2014: Injustice Y2 #5  -- 19,834 (- 2.3%)
06/2014: Injustice Y2 #6  -- 19,353 (- 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #7  -- 19,811 (+ 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #8  -- 18,931 (- 4.4%)
08/2014: Injustice Y2 #9  -- 18,397 (- 2.8%)
08/2014: Injustice Y2 #10 -- 18,068 (- 1.8%)
09/2014: Injustice Y2 #11 -- 18,086 (+ 0.1%)
09/2014: Injustice Y2 #12 -- 17,829 (- 1.4%)
10/2014: Injustice Y3 #1  -- 19,307 (+ 8.3%)
10/2014: Injustice Y3 #2  -- 17,884 (- 7.4%)
11/2014: Injustice Y3 #3  -- 17,243 (- 3.6%)
11/2014: Injustice Y3 #4  -- 16,741 (- 2.9%)
12/2014: Injustice Y3 #5  -- 16,611 (- 0.8%)
12/2014: Injustice Y3 #6  -- 16,141 (- 2.8%)
01/2015: Injustice Y3 #7  -- 15,796 (- 2.1%)
02/2015: Injustice Y3 #8  -- 15,816 (+ 0.1%)
02/2015: Injustice Y3 #9  -- 15,345 (- 3.0%)
02/2015: Injustice Y3 #10 -- 15,417 (+ 0.5%)
03/2015: Injustice Y3 #11 -- 15,526 (+ 0.7%)
03/2015: Injustice Y3 #12 -- 15,322 (- 1.3%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 14.1%
1 year  : - 25.5%
2 years : - 37.0%
Since #1: - 20.1%

Final issues of Year Three. There’s an Annual in April, then Year Four comes to print starting in May.

147 - CONSTANTINE ($2.99) 
03/2005: Hellblazer #206 -- 15,464
03/2010: Hellblazer #265 -- 10,295
03/2011: Hellblazer #277 --  9,525
03/2012: Hellblazer #289 --  9,363
03/2013: Constantine #1  -- 37,564 
 ---------------------------------
03/2014: Constantine #12 -- 20,051 (-  1.6%)
04/2014: Constantine #13 -- 18,454 (-  8.0%)
05/2014: Constantine #14 -- 17,422 (-  5.6%)
06/2014: Constantine #15 -- 16,704 (-  4.1%)
07/2014: Constantine #16 -- 16,235 (-  2.8%)
08/2014: Constantine #17 -- 15,647 (-  2.8%)
09/2014: Futures End #1  -- 51,990 (+232.3%)
10/2014: Constantine #18 -- 15,648 (- 69.9%)
11/2014: Constantine #19 -- 15,716 (+  0.4%)
12/2014: Constantine #20 -- 15,574 (-  0.9%)
01/2015: Constantine #21 -- 15,209 (-  2.3%)
02/2015: Constantine #22 -- 14,716 (-  3.2%)
03/2015: Constantine #23 -- 14,530 (-  1.3%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 72.1%
1 year  : - 27.5%
2 years : - 61.3%
5 years : + 41.1%
10 years: -  6.0%
Since #1: - 61.3%

Final issue. Relaunching post-Convergence as Constantine: The Hellblazer.

151 - BATMAN '66 (Digital-First) ($2.99) 
03/2014: Batman '66 #9  -- 18,802 (- 5.0%)
04/2014: Batman '66 #10 -- 17,917 (- 4.7%)
05/2014: Batman '66 #11 -- 18,642 (+ 4.0%)
06/2014: Batman '66 #12 -- 17,286 (- 7.3%)
07/2014: Batman '66 #13 -- 17,264 (- 0.1%)
08/2014: Batman '66 #14 -- 21,456 (+24.3%)
09/2014: Batman '66 #15 -- 16,842 (-21.5%)
10/2014: Batman '66 #16 -- 15,923 (- 5.5%)
11/2014: Batman '66 #17 -- 15,585 (- 2.1%)
12/2014: Batman '66 #18 -- 15,409 (- 1.1%)
01/2015: --
02/2015: Batman '66 #19 -- 14,770 (- 4.1%)
02/2015: Batman '66 #20 -- 14,525 (- 1.7%)
03/2015: Batman '66 #21 -- 14,238 (- 2.0%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 15.5%
1 year  : - 24.3%
Since #1: - 71.8%

Standard attrition.

154 - MORTAL KOMBAT X (Digital-First) ($3.99) 
01/2015: Mortal Kombat X #1  -- 21,062 
02/2015: Mortal Kombat X #2  -- 13,277 (- 37.0%) 
02/2015: Mortal Kombat X #3  -- 12,581 (-  5.2%)
03/2015: Mortal Kombat X #4  -- 14,038 (+ 11.6%)
 ---------------
Since #1: - 33.3%

A non-trivial rise in the third month; perhaps retailers (as a group) were a bit too severe in their second month order cuts…

155 - BATWOMAN ($2.99) 
03/2012: Batwoman #7    -- 49,227
03/2013: Batwoman #18   -- 31,381 
 --------------------------------
03/2014: Batwoman #29   -- 19,750 (-  4.5%)
04/2014: Batwoman #30   -- 19,204 (-  2.8%)
05/2014: Batwoman #31   -- 18,463 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Batwoman #32   -- 33,538 (+ 81.6%)
07/2014: Batwoman #33   -- 23,922 (- 28.7%)
08/2014: Batwoman #34   -- 16,909 (- 29.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 50,914 (+201.1%)
10/2014: Batwoman #35   -- 16,767 (- 67.1%)
11/2014: Batwoman #36   -- 15,795 (-  5.8%)
12/2014: Batwoman #37   -- 15,305 (-  3.1%)
01/2015: Batwoman #38   -- 14,656 (-  4.2%)
02/2015: Batwoman #39   -- 13,987 (-  4.6%)
03/2015: Batwoman #40   -- 13,827 (-  1.1%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 72.8%
1 year  : - 30.0%
2 years : - 55.9%
Since #1: - 84.3%

A fairly small drop for the final issue (though there’s an Annual in April to wrap of the story).

157 - LOBO ($2.99) 
10/2014: Lobo #1  -- 39,047 (+190.6%)
11/2014: Lobo #2  -- 25,881 (- 33.7%)
12/2014: Lobo #3  -- 20,208 (- 21.9%)
01/2015: Lobo #4  -- 16,889 (- 16.4%)
02/2015: Lobo #5  -- 14,770 (- 12.5%)
03/2015: Lobo #6  -- 13,715 (-  7.1%)
 ----------------
Since #1: - 64.9%

The lowest-selling DCU title not scheduled for cancellation or relaunch post-Convergence.

161 - AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS ($2.99) 
04/2014: Aquaman & Others #1  -- 34,056 
05/2014: Aquaman & Others #2  -- 26,198 (- 23.1%) 
06/2014: Aquaman & Others #3  -- 23,109 (- 11.8%) 
07/2014: Aquaman & Others #4  -- 20,520 (- 11.2%) 
08/2014: Aquaman & Others #5  -- 18,639 (-  9.2%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1       -- 53,531 (+174.0%)
10/2014: Aquaman & Others #6  -- 17,086 (- 68.1%) 
11/2014: Aquaman & Others #7  -- 15,859 (-  7.2%) 
12/2014: Aquaman & Others #8  -- 14,822 (-  6.5%) 
01/2015: Aquaman & Others #9  -- 13,586 (-  8.3%) 
02/2015: Aquaman & Others #10 -- 12,821 (-  5.6%) 
03/2015: Aquaman & Others #11 -- 12,444 (-  2.9%) 
 ----------------
6 months: - 76.8%
Since #1: - 63.5%

Final issue.

170 - HE-MAN: ETERNITY WAR ($2.99) 
03/2013: -- 
 ------------------------------------
03/2014: He-Man & MotU #11  -- 13,090 (-  5.3%)
04/2014: He-Man & MotU #12  -- 12,718 (-  2.8%)
05/2014: He-Man & MotU #13  -- 12,430 (-  2.3%)
06/2014: He-Man & MotU #14  -- 12,144 (-  2.3%)
07/2014: He-Man & MotU #15  -- 11,905 (-  2.0%)
08/2014: He-Man & MotU #16  -- 11,721 (-  1.5%)
09/2014: He-Man & MotU #17  -- 11,756 (+  0.3%)
10/2014: He-Man & MotU #18  -- 11,501 (-  2.2%)
11/2014: He-Man & MotU #19  -- 11,022 (-  4.2%)
12/2014: He-Man Eternity #1 -- 18,884 (+ 71.3%)
01/2015: He-Man Eternity #2 -- 12,104 (- 35.9%)
02/2015: He-Man Eternity #3 -- 11,700 (-  3.3%)
03/2015: He-Man Eternity #4 -- 11,746 (+  0.4%)
 ---------------
6 months: -  0.1%
1 year  : - 10.3%
2 years :    n.a.
Since #1: - 37.8%

The new series seems to have found its level, and it’s pretty much where the old series was.

175 - ASTRO CITY (Vertigo) ($3.99) 
03/2005: --
03/2010: Astro City DA4 #2 -- 13,118
03/2011: --
03/2012: --
 -----------------------------------
03/2014: Astro City #10    -- 14,094 (- 1.4%)
04/2014: Astro City #11    -- 13,909 (- 1.3%)
05/2014: Astro City #12    -- 13,795 (- 0.8%)
06/2014: Astro City #13    -- 13,419 (- 2.7%)
07/2014: --
08/2014: Astro City #14    -- 13,069 (- 2.6%)
09/2014: Astro City #15    -- 12,660 (- 3.1%)
10/2014: Astro City #16    -- 12,480 (- 1.4%)
11/2014: Astro City #17    -- 12,055 (- 3.4%)
12/2014: Astro City #18    -- 11,985 (- 0.6%)
01/2015: Astro City #19    -- 11,734 (- 2.1%)
02/2015: Astro City #20    -- 11,603 (- 1.1%)
03/2015: Astro City #21    -- 11,492 (- 1.0%)
 ----------------
6 months: -  9.2%
1 year  : - 18.5%
5 years : - 12.4%
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: - 58.5%

The top-selling Vertigo title for March.

177 - SENSATION COMICS FEAT WONDER WOMAN (Digital-First) ($3.99) 
08/2014: Sensation Comics #1 -- 29,640
09/2014: Sensation Comics #2 -- 22,085 (- 25.5%)
10/2014: Sensation Comics #3 -- 17,996 (- 18.5%)
11/2014: Sensation Comics #4 -- 16,573 (-  7.9%)
12/2014: Sensation Comics #5 -- 14,323 (- 13.6%)
01/2015: Sensation Comics #6 -- 12,927 (-  9.7%)
02/2015: Sensation Comics #7 -- 12,115 (-  6.3%)
03/2015: Sensation Comics #8 -- 11,399 (-  5.9%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 48.4%
Since #1: - 61.5%

At this point percentage drops in the 3% range would be preferable.

194 - SUICIDERS (Vertigo) ($3.99) 
02/2015: Suiciders #1  -- 18,275 
03/2015: Suiciders #2  -- 10,585 (- 42.1%)

Returnable, so adjusted up 10% from the reported numbers (see the disclaimers at the end of this column for why we make this adjustment).

Emblematic of Vertigo’s recent troubles, as a new series by a well-regarded talent only places around 10K copies in its second issue.

187 - THE FLASH: SEASON ZERO (Digital-First) ($2.99) 
10/2014: Flash Season 0 #1 -- 23,501 
11/2014: Flash Season 0 #2 -- 14,287 (- 39.2%) 
12/2014: Flash Season 0 #3 -- 12,247 (- 14.3%) 
01/2015: Flash Season 0 #4 -- 10,806 (- 11.8%) 
02/2015: Flash Season 0 #5 -- 10,450 (-  3.3%) 
03/2015: Flash Season 0 #6 -- 10,188 (-  2.5%) 
 ---------------
Since #1: - 56.6%

Settling in to standard attrition.

199 - FABLES: THE WOLF AMONG US (Vertigo) (Digital-First) ($3.99) 
01/2015: Fables: TWAU #1  -- 13,620 
02/2015: Fables: TWAU #2  -- 10,224 (- 24.9%) 
03/2015: Fables: TWAU #3  --  9,352 (-  8.5%) 
 ---------------
Since #1: - 31.3%

A typical third issue percentage drop.

203 - TRINITY OF SIN ($2.99) 
10/2014: Trinity of Sin #1 -- 22,683 
11/2014: Trinity of Sin #2 -- 15,097 (- 33.4%)
12/2014: Trinity of Sin #3 -- 12,939 (- 14.3%)
01/2015: Trinity of Sin #4 -- 11,016 (- 14.9%)
02/2015: Trinity of Sin #5 --  9,728 (- 11.7%)
03/2015: Trinity of Sin #6 --  9,190 (-  5.5%)
 ---------------
Since #1: - 59.5%

Final issue.

206 - ARROW: SEASON 2.5 (Digital-First) ($2.99) 
03/2013: Arrow #5            -- 10,908 
 -------------------------------------
10/2014: Arrow Season 2.5 #1 -- 17,364 (+113.1%) 
11/2014: Arrow Season 2.5 #2 -- 11,121 (- 36.0%) 
12/2014: Arrow Season 2.5 #3 --  9,862 (- 11.3%) 
01/2015: Arrow Season 2.5 #4 --  9,302 (-  5.7%) 
02/2015: Arrow Season 2.5 #5 --  9,060 (-  2.6%) 
03/2015: Arrow Season 2.5 #6 --  9,055 (-  0.1%) 
 ---------------
2 years : - 17.0%
Since #1: - 47.9%

Five fewer copies than last month, so it looks like Arrow has found its level, at least for now.

207 - STRANGE SPORTS STORIES (Vertigo) ($3.99) 
03/2015: Strange Sports #1 of 4 -- 9,003

A couple of months ago I suggested that anthology titles might be a way forward for Vertigo. I may have been too optimistic on that front…

221 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 CONTINUITY (Digital-First) ($3.99) 
03/2013: Smallville S11 #11    -- 16,502
 ---------------------------------------
03/2014: Smallville Alien #4   -- 10,570 (- 4.4%)
04/2014: Smallville Lantern #1 -- 12,391 (+17.2%)
05/2014: Smallville Lantern #2 -- 11,372 (- 8.2%)
06/2014: Smallville Lantern #3 -- 11,401 (+ 0.3%)
07/2014: Smallville Lantern #4 -- 11,243 (- 1.4%)
08/2014: Smallville Chaos #1   -- 10,716 (- 4.7%)
09/2014: Smallville Chaos #2   --  9,801 (- 8.5%)
10/2014: Smallville Chaos #3   --  9,661 (- 1.4%)
11/2014: Smallville Chaos #4   --  8,841 (- 8.5%)
12/2014: S'ville Continuity #1 --  9,071 (+ 2.6%)
01/2015: S'ville Continuity #2 --  8,521 (- 6.1%)
02/2015: S'ville Continuity #3 --  8,107 (- 4.9%)
03/2015: S'ville Continuity #4 --  7,901 (- 2.5%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 19.4%
1 year  : - 25.3%
2 years : - 52.1%
Since #1: - 12.9%

The final issue of Season 11 falls below the 8K line. As more and more standard DC super-hero tropes were brought in to this series, the sales kept dropping. I think they mis-judged what Smallville fans wanted from a comic continuation.

230, 241 - INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE ($2.99) 
06/2014: Infinity Man & FP #1 -- 24,907
07/2014: Infinity Man & FP #2 -- 15,903 (- 36.2%)
08/2014: Infinity Man & FP #3 -- 12,390 (- 22.1%)
09/2014: Futures End #1       -- 45,586 (+267.9%)
10/2014: Infinity Man & FP #4 -- 10,275 (- 77.5%)
11/2014: Infinity Man & FP #5 --  9,350 (-  9.0%)
12/2014: Infinity Man & FP #6 -- 11,261 (+ 20.4%)
01/2015: Infinity Man & FP #7 --  7,797 (- 30.8%)
02/2015: --
03/2015: Infinity Man & FP #8 --  7,363 (-  5.6%)
03/2015: Infinity Man & FP #9 --  6,944 (-  5.7%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 84.3%
Since #1: - 72.1%

Final issue. There were five different art teams over the course of the ten published issues.

235 - WOLF MOON (Vertigo) ($2.99) 
12/2014: Wolf Moon #1 of 6 -- 15,865 
01/2015: Wolf Moon #2 of 6 --  8,747 (- 44.9%) 
02/2015: Wolf Moon #3 of 6 --  7,789 (- 11.0%) 
03/2015: Wolf Moon #4 of 6 --  7,124 (-  8.5%) 
 ----------------
Since #1: - 55.1%

The first three issues were returnable, but #4 was not.

244 - SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP (All-Ages) ($2.99) 
03/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #3  --  8,452 (-14.5%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #4  --  8,159 (- 3.5%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #5  --  9,042 (+10.8%)
08/2014: --
09/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #6  --  8,333 (- 7.8%)
10/2014: --
11/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #7  --  7,530 (- 9.6%)
12/2014: --
01/2015: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #8  --  6,678 (-11.3%)
02/2015: --
03/2015: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #9  --  6,780 (+ 1.5%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 18.6%
1 Year  : - 19.8%
Since #1: - 52.7%

Adds about a hundred copies along with Superman.

264 - INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99) 
07/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #1 -- 26,096
08/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #2 -- 15,340 (- 41.2%)
09/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #3 -- 13,884 (-  9.5%)
10/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #4 -- 11,348 (- 18.3%)
11/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #5 --  8,920 (- 21.4%)
12/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #6 --  7,809 (- 12.5%)
01/2015: Infinite Crisis FftM #7 --  7,231 (-  7.4%)
02/2015: Infinite Crisis FftM #8 --  6,498 (- 10.1%)
03/2015: Infinite Crisis FftM #9 --  6,236 (-  4.0%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 55.1%
Since #1: - 76.1%

Ending in June.

267 - iZOMBIE special edition (Vertigo) ($1.00) 
03/2015: iZombie SE #1 -- 6,077

Reprint of the first issue, presumably to entice those watching the new TV series to check out the trade collections.

(The original printing of issue #1 back in 2010 also had a $1 cover price.)

277 - COFFIN HILL (Vertigo) ($2.99) 
03/2014: Coffin Hill #6  --  9,982 (- 4.3%)
04/2014: Coffin Hill #7  --  9,547 (- 4.4%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: Coffin Hill #8  --  8,764 (- 8.2%)
07/2014: Coffin Hill #9  --  8,396 (- 4.2%)
08/2014: Coffin Hill #10 --  7,710 (- 8.1%)
09/2014: Coffin Hill #11 --  7,422 (- 3.7%)
10/2014: Coffin Hill #12 --  7,136 (- 3.9%)
11/2014: Coffin Hill #13 --  6,752 (- 5.4%)
12/2014: Coffin Hill #14 --  6,410 (- 5.1%)
01/2015: --
02/2015: Coffin Hill #15 --  5,933 (- 7.4%)
03/2015: Coffin Hill #16 --  5,785 (- 2.5%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 22.0%
1 year  : - 42.0%
Since #1: - 76.0%

Standard attrition.

290 - STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES FEAT GI ZOMBIE ($2.99) 
07/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #1 -- 18,762 
08/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #2 -- 11,724 (- 37.5%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1    -- 44,333 (+278.1%)
10/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #3 --  9,228 (- 79.2%) 
11/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #4 --  7,546 (- 18.2%) 
12/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #5 --  7,173 (-  4.9%) 
01/2015: SSWS GI Zombie #6 --  5,866 (- 18.2%) 
02/2015: SSWS GI Zombie #7 --  5,433 (-  7.4%) 
03/2015: SSWS GI Zombie #8 --  5,125 (-  5.7%) 
 ----------------
6 months: - 88.4%
Since #1: - 72.7%

Final issue of a series that deserved better. The trade collection will be out in August, so give it a go if you’re looking for a solid modern espionage/special forces story (with zombies…)

292 - KLARION ($2.99) 
10/2014: Klarion #1 -- 20,870 (- 28.0%) 
11/2014: Klarion #2 -- 11,413 (- 45.3%) 
12/2014: Klarion #3 --  8,418 (- 26.2%) 
01/2015: Klarion #4 --  6,776 (- 19.5%) 
02/2015: Klarion #5 --  5,575 (- 17.7%) 
03/2015: Klarion #6 --  5,091 (-  8.7%) 
 ---------------
Since #1: - 75.6%

Manages to stay above 5K for its final issue.

+300 - EFFIGY (Vertigo) ($2.99) 
01/2015: Effigy #1  -- 11,656 
02/2015: Effigy #2  --  6,408 (- 45.0%) 
03/2015: Effigy #3  --  ????? (< 4,917) 
 ----------------
Since #1:   ????%
+300 - THE KITCHEN (Vertigo) ($2.99) 
11/2014: The Kitchen #1 of 8 -- 14,066 
12/2014: The Kitchen #2 of 8 --  7,403 (- 47.4%) 
01/2015: The Kitchen #3 of 8 --  6,328 (- 14.5%) 
02/2015: The Kitchen #4 of 8 --  5,153 (- 18.6%) 
03/2015: The Kitchen #5 of 8 --  ????? (< 4,917) 
 ----------------
Since #1:   ????%
+300 - THE NAMES (Vertigo) ($2.99) 
09/2014: The Names #1 of 8 -- 17,266 
10/2014: The Names #2 of 8 --  9,056 (- 47.6%) 
11/2014: The Names #3 of 8 --  6,926 (- 23.5%) 
12/2014: The Names #4 of 8 --  5,918 (- 14.6%) 
01/2015: The Names #5 of 8 --  5,312 (- 10.2%) 
02/2015: The Names #6 of 8 --  4,965 (-  6.5%) 
02/2015: The Names #7 of 8 --  ????? (< 4,917) 
 ----------------
Since #1:   ????%
+300 - HINTERKIND (Vertigo) ($2.99) 
03/2014: Hinterkind #6  --  8,306 (- 7.2%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Hinterkind #7  --  7,487 (- 9.9%)
06/2014: Hinterkind #8  --  7,212 (- 3.7%)
07/2014: Hinterkind #9  --  6,686 (- 7.3%)
08/2014: Hinterkind #10 --  6,283 (- 6.0%)
09/2014: Hinterkind #11 --  ????? (< 6,262)
10/2014: Hinterkind #12 --  ????? (< 6,298)
11/2014: --
12/2014: Hinterkind #13 --  5,080 
01/2015: Hinterkind #14 --  4,810 (- 5.3%) 
02/2015: Hinterkind #15 --  ????? (< 4,804)
03/2015: Hinterkind #16 --  ????? (< 4,917)
 ----------------
6 months:   ????%
1 year  :   ????%
Since #1:   ????%
+300 - FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS (Vertigo) ($2.99) 
03/2014: FBP #8      --  7,852 (-12.5%)
04/2014: FBP #9      --  7,619 (- 3.0%)
05/2014: FBP #10     --  7,242 (- 4.9%)
06/2014: FBP #11     --  6,958 (- 3.9%)
07/2014: FBP #12     --  ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: FBP #13     --  6,189
09/2014: --
10/2014: FBP #14     --  ????? (< 6,298)
11/2014: FBP #15     --  5,288
12/2014: FBP #16     --  ????? (< 5,053)
01/2015: FBP #17     --  4,707
02/2015: FBP #18     --  ????? (< 4,804)
03/2015: FBP #19     --  ????? (< 4,917)
 ----------------
6 months:   ????%
1 year  :   ????%
Since #1:   ????%

Five Vertigo series do not make the Top 300 cut-off this month.

+300 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99) 
03/2005: Scooby-Doo #94                -- 4,772
03/2010: Scooby-Doo #154               -- 3,846
03/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #7  -- 4,522
03/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #19 -- 4,677
03/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #31 -- 4,770
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03/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #43 -- 4,623 (+1.8%)
04/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #44 -- 4,650 (+0.6%)
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #45 -- 4,840 (+4.1%)
06/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #46 -- ????? (< 4,560)
07/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #47 -- ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #48 -- ????? (< 5,357)
09/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #49 -- ????? (< 6,262)
10/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #50 -- ????? (< 6,298)
11/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #51 -- ????? (< 5,214)
12/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #52 -- ????? (< 5,053)
01/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #53 -- 4,703 
02/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #54 -- ????? (< 4,804) 
03/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #55 -- ????? (< 4,917) 
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6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
2 years :    ???%
5 years :    ???%
10 years:    ???%
Since #1:    ???%

And not surprisingly Scooby-Doo also misses the cut-off. (And it’s quite possible that it out-sold one or more of the Vertigo titles that was under the cut-off, though there’s no way to be sure.)

Average Periodical Sales (not counting reprints, reorders shipping after the initial month of release, and magazines)

DC COMICS 
03/2005: 27,349
03/2010: 23,299
03/2011: 23,976
03/2012: 29,697
03/2013: 30,819 **
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03/2014: 26,776 (-  1.1%)
04/2014: 29,202 (+  9.1%)**
05/2014: 31,764 (+  8.8%)
06/2014: 32,834 (+  3.4%)**
07/2014: 32,760 (+  0.2%)**
08/2014: 28,951 (- 11.6%)**
09/2014: 46,869 (+ 61.9%)**
10/2014: 31,598 (- 32.6%)**
11/2014: 28,654 (-  9.3%)**
12/2014: 29,047 (+  1.4%)**
01/2015: 24,289 (- 16.4%)
02/2015: 24,537 (+  1.0%)**
03/2015: 23,466 (-  4.4%)**
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6 months: - 49.9%
1 year  : - 12.4%
2 years : - 23.9%
5 years : +  0.7%
10 years: - 14.2%

DC UNIVERSE 
03/2005: 34,864
03/2010: 32,375
03/2011: 26,720
03/2012: 33,229
03/2013: 32,294**
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03/2014: 32,007 (-  4.0%) 
04/2014: 36,447 (+ 13.9%) 
05/2014: 39,555 (+  8.5%) 
06/2014: 42,733 (+  8.0%) 
07/2014: 40,945 (-  4.2%) 
08/2014: 36,645 (- 10.5%) 
09/2014: 63,401 (+ 73.0%)** 
10/2014: 39,978 (- 36.9%)
11/2014: 36,710 (-  8.2%)
12/2014: 34,882 (-  5.0%)
01/2015: 30,680 (- 12.0%)
02/2015: 32,403 (+  5.6%)
03/2015: 28,559 (- 11.9%)
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6 months: - 55.0%
1 year  : - 10.8%
2 years : - 11.6%
5 years : - 11.8%
10 years: - 18.1%

VERTIGO 
03/2005: 13,094
03/2010: 11,394
03/2011: 10,450
03/2012: 12,688
03/2013: 11,055 
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03/2014: 19,179 (+ 45.1%) 
04/2014: 11,214 (- 41.5%) 
05/2014: 11,778 (+  5.0%) 
06/2014: 11,372 (-  3.4%) 
07/2014: 15,803 (+ 39.0%)** 
08/2014:  9,082 (- 42.5%)
09/2014: 10,022 (+ 10.4%)**
10/2014:  9,066 (-  9.5%)**
11/2014:  8,511 (-  6.1%)**
12/2014: 13,195 (+ 55.0%)**
01/2015:  8,361 (- 36.6%)
02/2015:  8,612 (+  3.0%)**
03/2015:  7,055 (- 15.6%)**
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6 months: - 29.6%
1 year  : - 63.2%
2 years : - 36.2%
5 years : - 38.1%
10 years: - 46.1%

6 month comparisons
===================

– 0.1% – He-Man Eternity War (He-Man and the MotU)
– 9.2% – Astro City
– 14.1% – Injustice
– 15.5% – Batman ’66
– 18.6% – Scooby-Doo Team-Up
– 19.4% – Smallville Season 11
– 21.3% – Batman Eternal
– 22.0% – Coffin Hill
– 22.5% – New 52 – Futures End
– 24.7% – The Multiversity
– 35.5% – Superman
– 35.6% – Batman and Robin
– 38.6% – Batgirl
– 39.0% – Teen Titans
– 41.6% – Detective Comics
– 43.9% – Harley Quinn
– 45.3% – Green Lantern
– 45.5% – Flash
– 46.6% – Grayson
– 48.4% – Sensation Comics feat. Wonder Woman
– 48.7% – Action Comics
– 49.6% – Green Lantern Corps
– 50.3% – BAtman/Superman
– 50.3% – Aquaman
– 52.4% – Supergirl
– 53.3% – Sinestro
– 53.4% – Catwoman
– 55.1% – Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse
– 56.4% – Justice League United
– 57.6% – Justice League Dark
– 58.0% – Earth 2
– 58.6% – New Suicide Squad
– 64.0% – Green Lantern: New Guardians
– 64.3% – Red Lanterns
– 68.0% – Green Arrow
– 68.6% – Worlds’ Finest
– 68.9% – Red Hood and the Outlaws
– 69.2% – Swamp Thing
– 72.1% – Constantine
– 72.8% – Batwoman
– 76.8% – Aquaman and the Others
– 84.3% – Infinity Man and the Forever People
– 88.4% – Star-Spangled War Stories feat. G.I. Zombie

1 year comparisons
===================

+ 49.4% – Superman
+ 47.7% – Teen Titans
+ 37.4% – New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 25.6% – Batgirl
+ 24.6% – Batman and Robin
+ 19.3% – Catwoman
+ 15.9% – Supergirl
+ 15.5% – Flash
+ 11.6% – Action Comics
+ 11.0% – Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 6.0% – Harley Quinn
+ 6.0% – Green Lantern Corps
+ 1.2% – Detective Comics
– 4.4% – Aquaman
– 7.6% – Green Lantern
– 10.3% – He-Man Eternity War (He-Man and the MotU)
– 15.0% – Justice League Dark
– 15.2% – Swamp Thing
– 16.5% – Green Arrow
– 18.5% – Astro City
– 19.8% – Scooby-Doo Team-Up
– 20.5% – Green Lantern: New Guardians
– 20.5% – Red Lanterns
– 22.5% – Earth 2
– 23.3% – Red Hood and the Outlaws
– 24.3% – Batman ’66
– 25.3% – Smallville Season 11
– 25.5% – Injustice
– 27.5% – Constantine
– 30.0% – Batwoman
– 32.3% – Worlds’ Finest
– 42.0% – Coffin Hill
– 44.9% – Justice League 3000

2 year comparisons
===================

+157.3% – Deathstroke
+ 26.1% – Superman
+ 20.7% – New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
– 3.3% – Justice League Dark
– 5.4% – Supergirl
– 7.9% – Flash
– 8.8% – Teen Titans
– 17.0% – Arrow
– 19.3% – Batgirl
– 20.1% – Catwoman
– 24.3% – Grayson
– 26.4% – Detective Comics
– 29.5% – Green Arrow
– 29.6% – Batman and Robin
– 30.1% – Red Hood and the Outlaws
– 33.5% – Green Lantern Corps
– 37.0% – Injustice
– 38.2% – Action Comics
– 38.9% – Worlds’ Finest
– 39.2% – Aquaman
– 40.8% – Earth 2
– 43.2% – Red Lanterns
– 48.0% – Swamp Thing
– 52.1% – Smallville Season 11
– 52.2% – Green Lantern: New Guardians
– 55.9% – Batwoman
– 61.3% – Constantine

5 year comparisons
===================

+ 57.4% – Superman
+ 48.9% – Teen Titans
+ 41.1% – Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 35.1% – Batgirl
+ 34.9% – Batman/Superman (Superman/Batman)
+ 30.2% – Detective Comics
+ 29.7% – Action Comics
– 11.1% – Supergirl
– 12.4% – Astro City
– 18.4% – Green Arrow
– 36.8% – Batman and Robin
– 56.5% – Green Lantern
– 61.7% – Green Lantern Corps

10 year comparisons
===================

+ 69.0% – Aquaman
+ 45.1% – Batgirl
+ 42.5% – Detective Comics
+ 25.6% – Swamp Thing
+ 20.5% – Catwoman
+ 5.1% – Grayson (Nightwing)
– 6.0% – Constantine (Hellblazer)
– 6.5% – Action Comics
– 21.1% – Flash
– 37.7% – Green Arrow
– 43.4% – Teen Titans
– 50.2% – Superman

Sales Indices
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DCU: Average: 28,559. Median: 27,873.

2.3 – Harley Quinn
2.0 – Detective Comics
1.9 – Batman and Robin
1.8 – Superman
1.7 – Multiversity
1.6 – Batman Eternal
1.5 – Batman/Superman
1.5 – Green Lantern
1.4 – Grayson
1.4 – Detective Comics Endgame
1.3 – Flash
1.3 – Teen Titans
1.3 – Action Comics
1.1 – Aquaman
1.1 – Batgirl Endgame
1.1 – Justice League United
1.1 – Deathstroke
1.1 – New Suicide Squad
1.0 – New 52 Futures End
1.0 – Green Lantern Corps
1.0 – Sinestro
1.0 – Earth 2
0.9 – Catwoman
0.9 – Supergirl
0.9 – Justice League Dark
0.8 – Earth 2 World’s End
0.7 – Gotham Academy
0.7 – Green Lantern: New Guardians
0.7 – Red Lanterns
0.7 – Green Arrow
0.6 – Arkham Manor
0.6 – Gotham By Midnight
0.6 – Worlds’ Finest
0.6 – Red Hood and the Outlaws
0.6 – Secret Origins
0.6 – Justice League 3000
0.6 – Swamp Thing
0.5 – Constantine
0.5 – Batwoman
0.5 – Lobo
0.4 – Aquaman and the Others
0.3 – Trinity of Sin
0.3 – Infinity Man and the Forever People
0.2 – Star-Spangled War Stories feat. GI Zombie
0.2 – Klarion

Vertigo: Average: 7,055*. Median: 5,785*

1.6 – Astro City
1.5 – Suiciders
1.3 – Fables: The Wolf Among Us
1.3 – Strange Sports Stories
1.0 – Wolf Moon
0.8 – Coffin Hill
0.7 – Effigy *
0.7 – The Kitchen *
0.7 – The Names *
0.7 – Hinterkind *
0.7 – FBP *

Digital First & Other: Average: 15,415*. Median: 11,399*

4.8 – Batman Arkham Knight
1.0 – Injustice
0.9 – Batman ’66
0.9 – Mortal Kombat X
0.8 – He-Man Eternity War
0.7 – Sensation Comics
0.7 – Flash Season Zero
0.6 – Arrow Season 2.5
0.5 – Smallville Continuity
0.4 – Scooby-Doo Team-Up
0.4 – Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse
0.3 – Scooby Doo Where Are You? *

The Fine Print (Disclaimers, et cetera)

The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.

ICv2.com’s estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate. Since it’s a “month-to-month” column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month.

Bear in mind that the figures measure sales of physical comics to retailers, not customers. Also, these numbers do not include sales to bookstores, newsstands, other mass-market retail chains or the United Kingdom. Re-orders are included, so long as they either reached stores in a book’s initial calendar month of release or were strong enough to make the chart again in a subsequent month. Keep in mind that sales for some titles may include incentives to acquire variants and not every unit sold is necessarily even intended to be sold to a customer.

If additional copies of an issue did appear on the chart after a book’s initial calendar month of release, you can see the total number of copies sold in brackets behind those issues (e.g. “[36,599]”). Should more than one issue have shipped in a month which is relevant for one of the long-term comparisons, the average between them will be used.

Titles which are returnable have their numbers artificially adjusted down by Diamond. To make up for that this column increases the reported numbers for those titles by 10%. Which is likely also wrong, but it’s a different and likely less wrong kind of wrong, and experience has shown that this leads to sales figures which are more consistent.

Titles released under the All-Ages line and magazines, such as Mad, mostly sell through channels other than the direct market, so direct-market sales don’t tell us much about their performance. For most Vertigo titles, collection sales tend to be a significant factor, so the numbers for those books should be taken with a grain of salt as well. To learn (a little) more about Vertigo’s collection sales, go right here.

Please keep in mind that raw sales numbers do not tell us about how profitable a book is for a publisher or for the creators.

Above all, do not allow sales numbers to dictate your purchasing and enjoyment of a particular comic. If you enjoy reading a comic series then go right on buying and reading that comic, no matter what the sales figures say.

** Two asterisks after a given month in the average charts mean that one or more periodical release did not make the Top 300/400 chart in that month. In those cases, it’s assumed that said releases sold as many units as the No. 300/400 comic on the chart for that month for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that.

Opinions expressed in this column are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer, Heidi MacDonald or anyone at The Comics Beat, the National Weather Service, or my former neighbor’s dog Miles.

The author of this column does weekly snapshots of Amazon comic sales charts at http://yetanothercomicsblog.blogspot.com/ and tweets about comics and related subjects on Twitter at @davereadscomics (PM me there is you need to contact me).

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Gotham by Midnight is really a Bat tinged book as Batman’s barely there for most of the time. I even think there’s several issues where he doesn’t show up at all.

  2. With a company with as much resources as DC, it’s sad to see how little they understand the marketplace as well as their competition with Marvel. The April numbers WILL be something to watch, as will Mays when retailers cut the second issues to only copies sold of the first. While a couple of the newly announced June books look interesting, I didn’t see anything that would turn around their fortunes. Good luck to DC, they’re going to need it.

  3. Pretty sure Q1 2015 has higher sales for DC than Q1 2014, so not sure why someone would think they don’t understand the market. April-May will pretty much be them trying to get something out while the offices move, so it’s pretty much an aberration.

  4. I think the post Convergence DCU will be a very barren place for me. I have seen the second month of preview solicitations and the only thing in the main DCU ongoing line that are on my list is Grayson and Earth 2: Society. The rest of the books just do not appeal to me and it feels like the same strategy of the New 52 is being tried all over again with just throwing stuff out to hope something sticks and/or have market output vs. quality books. I think Warner Brothers needs to seriously clean house and get some new stewards to try and stoke the fires of their only print division they kept.

  5. Strange Sports Stories was 40 pages, not 32.

    Also, retailers had to order the second issues of the Convergence titles *before* the first issues arrived in shops. They had to cut orders based on a best guess, not actual sales results.

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